The rule was passed in April...only 2 months prior to nats at latest....that's NOT a lot of time to get the stuff made and in stock considering demand in other parts of the world and limited manufacturers, and I know Fencing Post WAS worried they might not have enough in stock in time (which is why they were carrying some Absolute stock). Inventory for nationals with less than 800 potential customers re inventory for the entire foil membership across the nation are different in scale... by a long way. My beef is that by requiring ALL foil fencers to have the new plates NOW, there may not be time to get sufficient supplies. There is NO reason to require anyone other than those doing points events to have it for the coming season...certainly not for the youngest age groups. It just adds an additional financial burden that could be put off a year, like the conductive bibs we for foil masks. Additionally, if I were to bet that the NO has a plan in place to deal with events taking place where the was not enough supply to include all the female competitors, I would bet no...in a heartbeat. They don't think that far ahead, if they think at all, which they repeatedly do not (foil masks being the notable exception). No....the only event organizers who can decide not to implement the rule after August 1 are those who are not running USFA-sanctioned events, like our scholastic league. Per the statement from USFA, ALL sanctioned events must use the new rule for foil...and I'm well aware that I'll need to check the plates for conformance if I work any USFA-sanctioned event, local or otherwise. Wasn't sure....the father's description seemed to fit you, as I k new Ted was at an FIE meeting...I haven't worked enough national events to have met any Asian armorers I remember other than you and Ted (and I put my name in for ALL of them).